A hands-on-the-hips-cocked-eyebrow-Garfield poster used to hang above my desk at school with a caption that read: “You can’t scare me – I teach!” School teachers, as a rule, have heard enough excuses, dealt with enough bad home situations, and disciplined enough disrespectful students to qualify them as fearless and savvy. However, Lauri King personifies the saying “it takes one to know one.” Her background provides her with a no-nonsense approach to drug rehab. She’s been there and blown through all the smoke-and-mirror excuses. She is relentless in her desire to prevent women from drowning in past mistakes. She has a heart for God that can’t help but get noticed. I have few real life, flesh-and-blood heroes, but Lauri King is one of them. Show my friend some love today by encouraging her with a comment and visiting the website below.
If you want to talk about Transformation Tuesday, I have a story for you…
My story is about how I was transformed from rags to riches, not the riches you are imagining, but the riches I inherited from my Heavenly Father.
As a child, I was an overachiever and excelled in almost everything I did, from sports to academics. My home life was “normal” with great parents, who instilled strong morals in me. My family was not in church, we knew about Jesus, but we did not “know” Him. My personality was very outgoing and I was not afraid to try anything, which ended up being my downfall.
At the age of 14, I became an alcoholic. By 16, I was an intravenous meth addict. My addiction took me places I never wanted to go and turned me into a person no one recognized, including myself. I was morally bankrupt and I destroyed everyone around me.
The inevitable began happening when I was 19 – legal consequences. I was in and out of jail and rehabs for the next three years until finally my path of destruction ended in prison. While in prison, my oldest daughter was born. She was literally pried out of my arms on Christmas Day 2001, while I was shackled to a hospital bed. That was the most heart-wrenching day, but the day that saved my life. I totally surrendered to Jesus Christ that day. I was so broken and “sick and tired of being sick and tired” I was ready to try something different.
After being released from prison, I was determined to become the person and mother God wanted me to be. Romans 8:31 tells us “If God is for us, who can be against us?” I completed my college degree in Social Work and began to work at a place called New Life for Women. New Life for Women is a faith-based, 12 step program designed to help women overcome their chemical addictions, but also introduce or reintroduce them to Christ. New Life for Women is more than a rehab; it is a ministry where souls are won for Christ.
God is so faithful, He has continued to bless me and my once shattered life. James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him”. I now have two beautiful daughters and a job where I get to witness restoration in the lives of women and their families. My parents were brought to Christ through my addiction and both my children have eternal guarantee with Jesus Christ.
Today, I have been at New Life for Women for ten years and have had the opportunity to watch almost 1000 women walk through the doors into their “new life”. I have a master’s degree in counseling and working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. God continues to pour out his grace and mercy on an old sinner like me.
Has my life been perfect the last 14 years? Absolutely not!!!! My life has been almost impossible at times, but that is when I cling to Jesus the most. Today, the joy of the Lord is my strength!! God has never promised easy, but He promises peace and love!!!!
So there you have it, transformation Tuesday at its finest. God transformed me from a broken, hopeless drug addict into a saint made in His image. Grace is defined as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. My life is a perfect picture of God’s perfect grace!!! I AM A TROPHY OF GOD’S GRACE!!!!!!
Lauri King is mother to two precious girls and also serves as Program Director at New Life for Women, a long-term, intensive, faith-based, experiential treatment program for women who need help in overcoming their addiction to drugs or alcohol. New Life’s mission is to provide these women counseling and guidance, to identify and address the circumstances which led to their addiction, and to help them restore their self respect and sense of self-worth. For more information about New Life for Women and the services they provide, please visit www.newlifeforwomen.org.